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Hi, I'd like to know from a licensing stand point, windows 2008 SBS Premium edition says it comes with SBS 2008 Standard, MS SQL 2008 Std and Windows 2008 Server.

Can I install SBS 2008 Standard in one physical machine with Exchange 2008 and SQL server standard 2008, then another physical machine running Windows 2008 Server Standard only.

Does it allow in terms of license? And does the DVD media that comes with it support?

Thanks.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Exchange MUST be installed on the first SBS server (the "main" SBS server that is also your DC).  SQL can be installed on EITHER the SBS server or the second server license that comes with SBS.

Further, you only need as many premium CALs as you have users of the SQL database(s).  So, for example, if you have 30 employees but only 10 use the SQL Server for anything, then you need 20 STANDARD CALs, and 5 PREMIUM CALs (since the server comes with 5 premium CALs, that would give you the 10 you need for all your required users to Access SQL and allow the rest to use the Standard CALs.

Another note - SBS 2011 is due out in about a month so if you can wait, you probably should.  None of this changes that I'm aware of except that you would now buy SBS 2011 and IF YOU NEED IT, you can buy SBS 2011 Premium Add-on (so it's basically one version of SBS with an "ADD-ON" for Premium that you can get today or in 6 months or in 2 years.  (SBS 2011 Essentials ("Aurora") isn't due out until sometime in the first half of next year and does NOT come with Exchange or have a need for CALs as the "Essentials" product permits 25 users, PERIOD).
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OK, so this is how I want to install.

1st server
- Install MS 2008 SBS Server and make it the main DC
- Install Exchange
- Install MSSQL
- This is for 20 users

2nd server
- Windows 2008 Standard
- Used for web application

Do I need to get then 15 more Premium CALs?
 
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I believe SBS 2008 comes with 5 Premium CALs so if that's the case, then 15 more should cover you.  HOWEVER, MAKE SURE it comes with those CALs.  Depending on how you buy it, it might not.  And make sure you get a LOT of RAM in that 1st server - I'd say 20 GB would be good... you might get away with 12... but both SQL and Exchange can be memory hogs so if running them both on the same machine you should have as much RAM as you can afford and/or is supported by SBS 2008.

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Great advice. Saved me alot of trouble. I might turn off Exchange as emails as the server is 12GB at the moment.
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Hi, I'd like to clarify something urgently. I have purchased the Premium SBS 2008 server and understood that it comes with the 2008 standard server.

I just got notified by my vendor that the 2008 standard server included is a 32bit... therefore supporting only 4GB max on the memory. Therefore I had to buy a new 2008 server 64bit R2 version.

I've looked up the microsoft website and found that I can have an alternative to the 32bit version.

Can someone please help clarify? I've bought the hardware already with 8GB RAM and I'm hoping not to fork out another 1K+ according to the vendor.

Please advise urgently.
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Don't know who you spoke to or where you got your media, but SBS 2008 Premium (I've installed several copies, though admittedly always Volume License), comes with a second server license and media for BOTH 32 bit AND 64 bit Server 2008 as the second server.  Do you have the media for SBS?
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